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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

CD Review: Michael Stollaire - Holy Avenger

Michael Stollaire - Holy Avenger
2008, Platinum West Records

Michael Stollaire has a late 1970's/early 1980's flair about him. He writes songs with a great classic guitar rock sound and awesome guitar solos. His 2008 release, Holy Avenger is very representative of this. Its 16 chunky songs of great classic guitar rock sound.

Stollaire is not my favorite vocalist, but his voice is sufficient for what he needs on Holy Avenger. The songs themselves are musically well written, and will attract guitar aficionados like honey attracts bees. Lyrically Stollaire is a little more challenged, as occasionally the lyrics will sound more awkward than at-ease. In general everything flows pretty well. Highlights here are Little Princess, One Love and Here Comes The Light.

If you are a guitar player or guitar fan who likes classic/arena rock sounds, or even some of the 1980's hair bands then you'll probably like Holy Avenger. It's enjoyable music that fits perfectly into a road trip or backyard barbeque. It's not my favorite CD, but it's not trade-in material either. Michael Stollaire is trying very hard to chase a dream with Holy Avenger, and his work is a reminder that the journey is more valued than the destination.

Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)

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